Everton 0 Newcastle 1 – Fantastic Ben Arfa Goal Wins It


An absolutely brilliant and stunning goal from Hatem Ben Arfa this afternoon was the difference between these two  teams, with Newcastle getting their first win at Goodison Park in 10 years.

But it was a great team performance and Newcastle manager Chris Hughotn will be able to take lots of positives out of this game, after last week’s shocker against Blackpool.

Cheick Tiote made a huge difference to the Newcastle midfield, and looked a class player with lots of Newcastle appearances ahead of him. On today’s performance this lad looks a terrific signing for the Newcastle club.

When you consider this was this Cheick’s first game in the Premier League, he looked class, full of energy and won the ball for Newcastle all the time, and it looms like he could make a big difference in midfield for Newcastle.

One downer for Newcastle is that goalkeeper Steve Harper was carried off on a stretcher in the first half, after clashing with Jermaine Beckford, with what looked like a shoulder injury – and we have to hope that Steve is not out for too long.

But today 22 year-old Dutchman Tim Krul came in once again – and got the job done – and kept a clean sheet, although this was Tim’s first appearance ever in the Premier League.

Everton got off to a better start than the Magpies this afternoon, but after 20 minutes Newcastle came into the game and were the better side form then on, with Cheick Tiote playing well in midfield, and Routledge so much more lively on the right wing, than he was last week.

Newcastle were gradually getting on top in the first half and then the mercurial Ben Arfa produced what may be the goal of the season for Newcastle.

The Frenchman was a full 10 yards outside the penalty area, with Everton players in front of him, and no presumed danger at all to the Everton goal.  But the 23 year-old moved slowly to his left and then beat an Everton player and hit the ball like a proverbial missile with his left foot, right into the top right hand corner – what an unbelievable goal from the Frenchman!

The fact that goalkeeper Tim Howard had no chance at all, showed you just how beautifully this lad hit the ball – a goal to remember and this was his full  Newcastle debut?

He is quickly becoming the darling of the Newcastle fans, and if he can produce goals like this Newcastle will win a lot of close games, simply because of his sheer class – it’s as simple as that.

At half time Newcastle deserved their 1-0 lead and in the second half they were just as good, with Joey Barton having a wonderful game today, especially in the second half.

James Perch is nothing if not consistent, and unfortunately he picked up his fifth booking of the season – in his five games so far – and will now suffer a one-match ban.

And with 15 minutes left the referee amazingly failed to give a penalty to Newcastle, when Kevin Nolan was fouled from behind by Coleman in the penalty box.

Of course Ben Arfa and maybe Tiote will get the headlines for today’s great win,  but Joey Barton had another  terrific game for the  Magpies  today – let’s make no mistake about that.

Both Kevin Nolan and Chris Hughton told the doubting Newcastle fans last week, that they would learn quickly from their poor display last Saturday, when we missed so many chances and lost our 16 month unbeaten home record.

But this was a great Newcastle team display, away from home, at a stadium where we haven’t won for a full decade.

The team should take the accolades for a very very good performance this afternoon, where the lads played some excellent  football.

A great win for Newcastle and just a fantastic winning goal from our new boy Ben Arfa.

Fantastic – and the lads made us so proud this afternoon.

Well done lads!

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55 comments so far

  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #1

    good match.only shivers came when toite seemed hurt and smith seemed to change him.didnt happen fortunately.i cansleep well now.the boys are back

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  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2

    If Harps injury is long term, does that mean we’ll have to recall Fraser? Or will Soderberg be drafted as third and reverse games be shared between Soderberg and Alnwick?

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  • brighter

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Everyone like HBA of course.
    But I now fell in love HBA with that magnificent goal.

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  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #4

    http://www.soccerclips.net/videos/everton-0-1-newcastle-ben-arfa

    The link that wor baro posted on the last page.

    Never gets old 😀

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote passing in 90 mins equal to Smith passing in 4 games!

    Ben Arfa output in 90mins equal to Jonas output in 4 games!

    notice the similarities? haha

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  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #6

    if im not mistaken though this seems Krul’s 1st premier match he did start some uefa matches we played in 2006-07.he’s ok by me.and he does seem to enjoy the game.seems to get along quite well

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    yupz uefa cup where we win 1-0

    i m not worry bout krul, he seem to be a reliable backup

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  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Krul is a player who ups his performance for the big games. I’ve never been overly impressed with him in the reserve team, but I’ve never really faulted him in the first.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Impossible to pick a MoM today, but if stretched I would say for OVERALL influence on game its got to be Tiote as he relieved the defence and was immense. Ben Arfa was also astounding and if Joey played the 1st half as he did the 2nd half he would have been in for a shout. Enrique was quality, Colo didn’t put a foot wrong really, Willo not bad at all and Perch is getting better and better if you ask me… Thoughts?!

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  • Magickit

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Harper – 6 IndeednNth to do
    Perch – 6 Yellow Card Again, Need to improve this
    Williamson – 7 Solid, need to mind his hand when defending
    Colo 7.5 – very solid , very good his season
    Eniqure 7.5 – stable and calm
    Rouledge 7 – a fair game
    Barton 8- very good game , run upward and downward, a killer pass to Nolan
    Tiote – 8.5 – Solid, strong and calm, Smith can be a backup forward now
    Ben Arfa – 9 very good goal, dribble is the best in our team, he seems not familiar only on the Left.
    maybe we can play him behind Carroll
    Carrol – 7 cannot win many headers but very hardworking, plays as a def-mid in later match ! HAHA
    Nolan – i think he is very trick and wise , many pple say he is slow , but he runs all the match box to box

    Guti – 6 actually nth he can do with so little time

    Smith – 10 – very good when he is on the bench and one shot i saw him on TV !

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  • korn8

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Great game, great effort, wonderful goal by Ben Arfa 🙂

    Tiote looks impressive and also good game by Barton and Colo 🙂

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  • Toon Follower

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Great Goal Ben Arfa, sent shivers down my spine, defo one 4 the future

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Magickit, i like your bit on Smith ahahha

    I still think routledge have NOT mature at the premierleague, he need to use his speed like lennon or walcott. Sometimes i saw he is afraid to took players..

    Tiote is our makelele/alonso type…

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  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #14

    yea but that one shot was scary.nearly replaced toite.

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  • korn8

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #15

    I don`t want to sound disrespectful and Baro, if you read this:
    I respect Harper for the loyalty, i also respect him for being a good goalkeeper and an inspirational character for the younger lads.
    My point was(and still are): Newcastle United will still be a good team with Krul in front of Harper, but of course i want him back as soon as possible.

    Don`t try to put me in a position where i disrespect a loyal, contributing lad like Steve Harper, i respect him as a player and i respect his loyalty.

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  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #16

    arsenal scores againts the scums.you cant spell arsenal without a…r…s…e

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Magnifique !

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Arfa is amazing.
    Great result.

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  • Magickit

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Brutoon,

    Rouledge and Lennon are very similar, very speedy
    But finally Spurs choose Lennon over Rouledge becoz Lennon can beat pple.

    2nd half , Rouledge had a chance 1 on 1 vs Distin, with his speed , i think he can beat Distin.
    But he choose to stop and wait teammate

    If that was Aaron Lennon , he must try to beat def.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Arsenal 1 unwashed 0
    This could be a GOOD weekend !

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Magickit, to be fair Distin does have a lot of pace on him that you may not expect, if it was Jagielka I reckon it could have been different!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Ben Arfa was outstanding. Yes sometimes he could play it abit earlier, but usually hes made the space for himself so can let him off.

    Its so rare for players to be able to jsut breeze past players like he did. And when they backed off him BOOM 1-0.

    Tiote was a pleasent suprise. Nice technique and positioning and put himself about.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Well done the toon. Good times ahead. HBA is fast becoming a legend!

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  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    today is sol campbell’s birthday.he’s 36

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Just watched the match and have a few points to share
    1) Hatem Ben Arfa you cant start anywhere else,
    What a goal, the thing i like most is the technique little back lift but able to generate the power, when we signed him i said how we cried out for a player who was comfortable with the ball in tight spaces, if anyone watches the game again watch how many times he beats 2-3 men with ease.
    2) Tiote just deserves as much credit as arfa he looks strong and crucially has pace something smith cleary does not have anymore, and he looked to be more relaxed with the ball at his feet.
    3) Lets not forget the rest of the team Carroll was playing as 3rd Center Half ! and barton was excellent after his abysmal showing last week,
    Nolan although still has a distinct lack of pace
    was a leader and for me Colo has really improved this year and mike next to him.
    4) We must build on this result next prem game is wigan so it would be a travisty if we lost after a performance like this !
    Feel free to comment

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  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    cynical@25
    next match is stoke @ home.after that Man City away

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #27

    @ toonster88
    sorry mate i got it wrong but anyway you get my point right

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  • wilko

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #28

    this is a big big result for us today, great for moving forward to better things , we should fear no one now they will start to take us alot more seriously our 2 new guys were fantastic – testament to CH pulling those two out of the bag, would like to see lover get a game soon , think he may get a few for us

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  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    korn8

    Ya i’m not against you or anything but i totally understand u 8.

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  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #30

    LOL! Did anybody see the mackems own goal? Very funny! They totally suck and are pure garbage. We will absolutely SMASH them at home. Are they going to be relegated.

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  • toonster88

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #31

    yea i do.n im prayin for the best.it realy is a good sight to see smith in the bench.dont mean disrespect but his replacments were so……..F*****G FANTASTIC.stoke have played 2 home games in a row.win n a draw 2day.i realy do wish for good home results.

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  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #32

    We now 5th in the league!!!

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  • Plastic_Geordie82

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Tiote today was UNBELIEVABLE!

    We never had a replacement for Gary Speed – if this lad can play somewhere near like he did today week in week out he will be our most important player – He was EVERYWHERE.. Class.

    Barton – quality
    Carroll – 110 % for team

    Williamson and Coll – Solid, solid, solid.

    Just joined site – quality today has inspired me.

    HWTL

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  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #34
  • costello91

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #35

    lads the best thing to come out of this game is the fact PERCH IS NOW SUSPENDED!!!!!!!!!!
    DELIGHTED

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  • rknufc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #36

    next prem game is stoke, then city, then wigan

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  • Plastic_Geordie82

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Also a great interview by Chris on that link –

    He is clear, grounded, and well liked.

    + we are actually playing some football.

    Really happy Plastic Geordie here!

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  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye that’s right, Costello. The best thing to come out of the game is a ban for one of our players. Cracking, eh?

    Fool.

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  • costello91

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #39

    hey Thump, if you watched that game today you could see how easy perch gets turned inside out like a kids jacket! and its in the last 5 games thats happened!
    and i dont appriciate the fool comment and if your posts are anything to go by id keep your opinions to yourself

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Can you believe that Tiote and Arfa just had their first full premiership 90 mins.

    They both looked like seasons pro’s! Pure quality, hope they can keep it up. Not sure about playing Arfa as second CF, I’d like to see Jonas and Arfa on though to see how it works.

    It’s amazing how the introduction of 2 quality players can improve those around them. Maybe Arfa could unlock Jonas potential and final product?

    Hmmm excited to see them play again…..bring on stoke!

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